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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Steinbeck Narrator: Jeff Harding Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1906, the Chinese in California lived in the shadows. Their alien customs, traditions, and language hid what they valued from their neighbors . . . and left them open to scorn and prejudice. Their communities were ruled and divided by the necessity of survival among the many would-be masters surrounding them, by struggles between powerful tongs, and by duty to their ancestors.

Then, in the wake of natural disaster, fate brought to light artifacts of incredible value along the Monterey coast: an ancient Chinese jade seal and a plaque inscribed in a trio of languages lost to all but scholars of antiquity. The path to the truth, however, would prove to be as tangled as the roots of the ancient cypress that had guarded these treasures for so long, for there are some secrets the Chinese were not ready to share.

Nearly a century would pass before an unconventional young American scientist unearths evidence of this great discovery and its mysterious disappearance. He begins to assemble a new generation of explorers to resume the perilous search into the ocean's depth . . . and the shadows of history.

This striking debut novel by a masterful writer weaves together two fascinating eras into one remarkable tale. In the Shadow of the Cypress depicts California in all its multicultural variety, with a suspense that draws the reader inexorably on until the very last word.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steven | 2/20/2014

    " It's an interesting story. The ending is kind of disappointing, but not surprising considering what the book is about. My only real complaint is that the story is told. There's very little visual imagery. The reader isn't shown what's going on so much as simply told. That being said, Thomas Steinbeck spends an inordinate amount of words describing food. The most interesting character is the Irishman who finds the Chinese treasures, but sadly, he disappears from the story early on. The book isn't terribly long and is worth the time it will take to read it. Or listen to it, as I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn Feltus-atkinson | 1/14/2014

    " Interesting topic- the idea that the Chinese may have arrived in California before Columbus discovered America. Well told story, slightly amateurish but still a really good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deidra Foster | 1/14/2014

    " I liked the author's style of representing the past in an old diary then bringing the story together in present time. An eye-opening, thought-provoking idea of the Chinese presence in California. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lisa | 12/15/2013

    " Sounded more like a lecture on Chinese history than a novel with engaging and interesting characters. It was like Steinbeck was trying to teach something by immersing the point in a weak, predicatable plot...Boring. "

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About the Author

Thomas Steinbeck has sold numerous screenplays over the course of his career. He has also written several books of short works, including Down to a Soundless Sea, and several novels. Along with his writing and producing obligations, Mr. Steinbeck does a great deal of public speaking, lecturing on American literature, creative writing, and the communication arts and their benefits to contemporary society. He serves as an honorary board member at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood and the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, as well as the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California. He has been an active and verbal proponent of authors’ rights and in 2009 worked closely with his friend Arlo Guthrie in a successful initiative to implement an extension to the settlement negotiations between Google and the Author’s Guild.